The Red Devils have not convinced in any of their performances to date although they know how to win football matches and are now a best price 6/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) to reclaim their title, having missed out on goal difference last term.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side still seem to be struggling in the midfield department, with Nani making way for Paul Scholes at half-time and Shinji Kagawa once again struggling since his move from Borussia Dortmund, although Michael Carrick had a good performance as midfield anchor.
Manchester City’s defence isn’t exactly watertight at the moment and the champions were unable to hold a 1-0 lead against Arsenal which means they are four points off the pace after five games played.
The return of Sergio Aguero from injury is a welcome boost and David Silva appears to be hitting top form again, although Roberto Mancini’s side are now 15/8 (Paddy Power) to retain their crown, with the Champions League arguably as important to the club’s owners this season.
Chelsea are blazing a trail after Saturday’s 1-0 win against Stoke City which gives them 13 points from their first five matches, although the next match against Arsenal will tell us a great deal about the Blues’ prospects this season.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side are 4/1 (William Hill) to finish above their Premier League rivals and they boast a talented squad now that Eden Hazard and Oscar have joined the Stamford Bridge ranks, although that 2-2 draw with Juventus once again hinted at defensive vulnerability.
Arsenal demonstrated at the Etihad Stadium that they have to be taken seriously as title contenders following the 1-1 draw, with Lauren Koscielny rescuing a point for the Gunners which continues their strong start to the campaign.
Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta are a formidable midfield pairing, while the defence looks a good deal stouter this term and they dominated the opening exchanges against City before failing to defend from a set piece.